The AH-64E Apache helicopter is poised to get upgraded sensors from Lockheed Martin as part of a $49.3 million contract.
The contract calls for 42 additional Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army. The engineering giant will produce the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly kits at its Orlando and Ocala facilities through March 2019.
The upgraded sensors offer a clearer field of vision for Apache pilots, help them identify targets at farther distances, and provide picture-in-picture capabilities. The technology also allows pilots to view high-resolution, near-infrared, and color imagery on cockpit displays, and also provides a laser pointer marker to improve coordination with ground troops.
“M-DSA gives Apache aircrews the ability to more rapidly identify targets and coordinate with troops on the ground, which improves mission success,” said Tom Eldredge, director of M-TADS/PNVS production programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “M-DSA’s modular design reduces operation and support costs, and will be supported by our award-winning performance-based logistics sustainment program.”
Lockheed is headquartered in Bethesda, Md.
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